Thursday, 23 February 2012

Sex-selective abortion is inevitable consequence of easy abortion access

SPUC has responded to The Telegraph's report this evening which suggests that some British doctors are complicit in sex-selective abortions.

Anthony Ozimic, SPUC's communications manager, told the media earlier this evening:
"This investigation confirms the reality of eugenics in modern British medicine, in which some innocent human beings are deemed too inconvenient to be allowed to live. Sex-selective abortion is an inevitable consequence of easy access to abortion, a situation to which the pro-abortion lobby has no convincing answer. The government needs to cut its ties to private abortion providers and to abortion rights organisations. They are complicit in sex-selective abortion domestically through their support for abortion on demand, and internationally through their complicity in China's population control programme."
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Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Government says cuts to contraception haven't increased pregnancies or abortions

Anne Milton MP
The British government has said that cuts to contraception haven't increased pregnancies or abortions. In a newly-published parliamentary answer (Hansard, 20 Feb. 2012, col. 679W) Anne Milton, the health minister, said that:
"Statistics on conceptions (published by the Office for National Statistics) and abortions (published by the Department of Health) do not suggest that any recent changes to contraception provision offered by PCTs has had an impact on the number or rate of conceptions or abortions."
In a message to the SPUC, Professor David Paton, professor of industrial economics at Nottingham University Business School, commented on Mrs Milton's admission:
"This admission by the Health Minister is long overdue but very welcome. In 2001, I published a paper in the Journal of Health Economics demonstrating that access to contraception had not had the desired effect of cutting underage pregnancies or abortions in the UK. When asked about my research in the House of Commons, Hazel Blears, the then Minister for Health stated that interventions like 'access to youth contraceptive clinics have been shown to reduce teenage pregnancy rates but do not hasten the onset of or increase sexual activity among young people' and her Government ploughed millions of pounds into increasing access to contraception for young people."
Professor Paton continued:
"Contrary to Hazel Blears’ claims, the peer-reviewed research published both before and since has found little or no evidence that access to contraception and, in particular, emergency birth control (the morning after pill) cuts unwanted pregnancy or abortion rates amongst teenagers. Some 10 years later, it is very gratifying to see the Department of Health finally admitting that restrictions on access to contraception provision do not appear to have an effect on conception or abortion rates. Indeed, despite the reported restrictions to contraception services, the latest statistics (due to be published next week) are expected to show a further decrease in the teenage pregnancy rates."
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Must-read pro-life news-stories, Wed 22 Feb

Top stories:

Dolphins are persons with the right to life, claim experts
A group of experts meeting in Canada are claiming that dolphins are persons with the right to life. The experts are calling for recognition of their Declaration on the Rights of Cetaceans. [Metro, 21 February] Anthony Ozimic of SPUC commented: "The most commonly-accepted definition of person is 'an individual substance of a rational nature'. Dolphins are not of a rational nature, unlike unborn children who have an innate rationality which develops with age. The proposed declaration shows just how far modern bioethics has become divorced from reality."

UK prime minister reiterates determination to establish gay marriage
The office of David Cameron, the British prime minister, has reiterated his strong personal support for the establishment of a gay marriage. An unnamed source told The Independent newspaper: "Nothing has changed on this as far as he is concerned. He is very passionate about this subject – it is something that has defined him." [Independent, 21 February] SPUC has published a position paper and a background paper in the run-up to next month's public consultation on gay marriage.

Other stories:

Abortion
Embryology
  • UK mother went to Belgium for controversial IVF screening process [Mail, 16 February]
Population
Sexual ethics
General
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Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Ash Wednesday is a national day of prayer and fasting for life

Christ fasting in the desert
The Good Counsel Network's next national day of prayer and fasting for life is tomorrow, Ash Wednesday. Please support this initiative - the full details are below:

And He said to them; This kind (of demon) can go out by nothing but prayer and fasting.

Gospel of Mark 9:29.

Since the 5th July 2008 The Good Counsel Network has organised monthly National days of prayer and fasting for life, the first was to prevent the passing of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill. Although the bill was passed some of the more damaging anti-life amendments were not added to it, including an attack on pro-life counselling and the extension to Northern Ireland of the Abortion Act. There had also been 40 days of Prayer and Fasting in Northern Ireland to ensure that this law was not extended. This only confirmed what we already knew; it is clear from the work that we do at Good Counsel Network, advising women who are strongly set on abortion, that the struggle to end abortion is a spiritual struggle and not merely one of practical concerns or politics.

February 22nd, Ash Wednesday is the next National Day of Prayer and Fasting for Life. Please join us in fasting. You could fast from all food except bread and water for the day or fast from a particular food or luxury, e.g. chocolate, alcohol, cigarettes or tv. Fast from whatever you can given your state of health etc, but make sure that it is something that involves a sacrifice to yourself. We are asking people to say a Rosary (or an extra Rosary if you say it daily already). You could also offer an extra effort such as going to Mass, or an extra Mass, on the day, or going to Adoration.

And the people of Nineveh believed in God; they proclaimed a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least...God saw their efforts to renounce their evil ways. And God relented about the disaster which He had threatened to bring on them, and He did not bring it. Jonah 3:5,10.

For more information and a printable poster click here.

This Lent come and pray with us at an abortuary, there is our daily vigil in London, 40 Days 4 Life will start on Ash Wednesday in London, in Birmingham, in Brighton and in Manchester. For details of others vigils around the Country see here.

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Please continue to lobby government to overrule abortion ads decision

As I blogged on 26 January, the government should use its powers to stop TV advertising by commercial abortion centres. Please continue to lobby the government to make this happen. Please write to your Member of Parliament (MP), asking him/her to write to Mr Hunt on your behalf, reminding Mr Hunt of his powers in relation to Ofcom, and urging Mr Hunt to use those powers to block all advertisements by abortion centres. You can write to your MP at the House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA. If you’re not sure of your MP’s name, please visit http://www.spuc.org.uk/mps (where you can also send an electronic message to your MP). Please copy or forward any replies you receive from MPs to SPUC’s political department, either at SPUC HQ or by email to political@spuc.org.uk

Below are eight bullet-points you can use in your communication to your MP.

Why Jeremy Hunt must overrule the Advertising Standards Authority’s decision to allow abortion advertising on TV, and deter the likes of Marie Stopes from peddling its deadly trade:
  1. As well as charging for private abortions, abortion providers like Marie Stopes benefits from lucrative NHS contracts so can afford to advertise on TV, while pro-life groups can’t.
  2. Marie Stopes International is a killing machine which is spreading abortion to the world’s poorest nations. In 2008, supported by funds from the UK government, they performed around 600,000 abortions overseas.
  3. Marie Stopes has a vested interest in more abortion. It carries out 65,000 abortions a year in Britain—mostly funded by the NHS—to the tune of £25 million.
  4. Advertising abortion on TV sends a message to young people that killing an unborn child is a reasonable solution to human problems. It isn’t.
  5. When women and girls go to Marie Stopes they are not told the true nature of abortion and are systematically directed towards choosing abortion.
  6. The Advertising Standards Authority cannot be trusted to give unbiased and impartial judgements. Amazingly, the ASA fails to accept that Marie Stopes is really advertising abortion. They say its TV advert merely advertises ‘pregnancy advice’, not abortion.
  7. 4,600 concerned individuals sent letters and postcards of protest to the ASA before and after the Marie Stopes advert was broadcast. Another 29,000 people have signed SPUC’s petition to the prime minister seeking a ban on TV ads.
  8. Unelected quangos are sanctioning the deaths of unborn children, while the views of the general public are ignored.
You can read a more detailed briefing about abortion advertising on my blog of 26 January.

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Monday, 20 February 2012

Call immediately on Council of Europe representatives to reject anti-life/anti-family recommendation

Tomorrow (Tuesday 21 February 2012), the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe will hold one of the final meetings on a draft “Recommendation on the rights and legal status of children and parental responsibilities”. (The  Council of Europe is made up of 47 Member States and is separate from the EU Council, Parliament, and Commission). This draft Recommendation is a dangerous and ideologically-driven document. Being a legally non-binding document, its purpose is to create so-called ‘soft law’ and mislead people about European opinion on the family.  The timing of this draft Recommendation could adversely affect relevant pending cases at the European Court of Human Rights.

Please:
Please do this immediately (including on Tuesday the 21st). You do not have to use all of the points below. Select a few for your letter, putting the points into your own words. You can email any and all Council of Europe Member-State permanent representatives. Make the reason for your email clear in the subject line.

Points to include in emails to permanent representatives:

The Recommendation: 
  • promotes IVF practices (principles 17 and 18), thus promoting the abuse (often lethal) of embryonic children, and creates confusion about whom is the actual mother and father. The separation of marriage from procreation, and the redefinition of parents and family, is an attack upon the best interests of the child who needs a mother and father in a heterosexual marriage, which is normative and best for children. 
  • supports gay married and civilly-partnered couples claiming the right to be considered parents in the case of IVF (paragraph 71 of the explanatory memorandum). This will only be used as a form of pressure by the gay lobby
  • promotes and normalises the practice of surrogacy (principles 7 and 8)
  • defines “parents” as defined by national law, rather than parents as “mother” and “father” (principle 2). This leaves the door open for gay couples to claim the title of parents and denies the need for a mother and father. It also creates confusion regarding sperm and egg donors, and surrogacy.
  • places heterosexual cohabitation and civil unions on the same footing as heterosexual marriage (principles 11 and 12)
  • claims (principle 1) that some children are discriminated against on grounds of their sexual orientation (e.g. homosexual) or gender identity (e.g. transgender).  This claim manipulates childhood for ideological ends and has no basis in international agreements
  • subjects the child’s best interests to private agreement, by allowing a parent to give parental responsibilities to a spouse or civil partner (principle 24.3)
  • redefines (principle 20) the authority of mothers and fathers to exclude the child’s moral and spiritual welfare, as defined and upheld in international and human rights documents (UN Declaration and Convention on the Rights of the Child; Preamble of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union; Council of Europe’s own White Paper on legal consequences of parentage)
  • disregards the fact that many of the practices relating to relationships, procreation, and family included in this draft Recommendation are in fact illegal in many European countries.
  • attempts to go beyond, and contradicts, European and UN-agreed conventions and treaties which are legally binding – even though the Recommendation is non-binding on Member States and courts.
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